About this artwork
This rectangular brass-cast gold weight is crisscrossed by the swastika form, with two extra horizontal lines added to each of the arms. The designs of gold weights are incredibly diverse—consisting of simple geometric designs in either high or low relief to representational sculptural forms based on items essential to West African life. Gold weights were used to measure gold dust, the local currency in the Akan-speaking regions of southern Ghana and the Ivory Coast between the 15th and the 20th centuries.
- Currently Off View
- Arts of Africa
- Goldweight with a Geometric Design
- Copper alloy
- 0.6 × 1.8 × 1.5 cm (1/4 × 3/4 × 5/8 in.)
- Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Gottlieb